Business Assessment Report Summaries


2012-2013

Link to Full 2013 Assessment Report

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2011-2012

Assessment of student learning is a priority for the School of Business. The School developed a set of program goals and learning outcomes and continues to collect assessment data each school year to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2011-2012, the School assessed a number of general education learning outcomes. In the undergraduate program, we focused on the assessment of quantitative, information, and computer skills. We used course-embedded assessment techniques to gather data on the achievement of these outcomes in core undergraduate courses. The faculty developed assessment forms and used benchmarks to evaluate individual student performance and establish whether the student learning in an outcome is Exemplary, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement. The faculty also focused on the assessment of courses offered in the online format.

In order to get external validation of the assessment results, the School used the ETS Major Field Test in Business to measure the knowledge and skills of graduates. This is a national standardized test with a sample of 80,708 examinees from 585 institutions in 2010-2012. Overall, the School’s graduates performed reasonably well on this national test in 2011-2012. There were 21 graduates taking the test in Spring 2012, and the mean performance for this cohort was at the 65th percentile compared to all institutions participating in the ETS Major Field Test internationally.

The following are assessment highlights:

•      Mission, Program Goals and Learning Outcomes are established and reviewed

•      Course-embedded assessment data is collected every school year

•      External standardized testing with the ETS Major Field Test for Business

•      Assessment Committee oversees all assessment activities

•      Assessment results were reviewed by all faculty in regular faculty meetings

•      Other activities include periodic surveys of students and graduates

Link to full assessment report

2010-2011

The School of Business has developed a set of program goals and learning outcomes and continues to collect assessment data each school year to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2010-2011, the School assessed general education skills. In the undergraduate program, we focused on the assessment of critical thinking, quantitative, information, and computer skills. We used course-embedded assessment techniques to gather data on the achievement of these outcomes in core undergraduate courses. The faculty developed assessment forms and used benchmarks to evaluate individual student performance and establish whether the student learning in an outcome is Excellent, Acceptable, or Needs Improvement.

The School also used the ETS Major Field Test in Business to measure the knowledge and skills of graduates. The results of this national standardized ETS test taken by the graduates provide external validation to our course-embedded assessment data. Overall, the School’s graduates performed strongly on this national test in 2010-2011. There were 16 graduates taking the test in Spring 2011, and the mean performance for this cohort was at the 85th percentile compared to all institutions participating in the ETS Major Field Test internationally. This worldwide sample includes 618 institutions and 132,647 students.

The following are assessment highlights:

•      Mission, Program Goals and Learning Outcomes are established and reviewed

•      Course-embedded assessment data is collected every school year

•      External standardized testing with the ETS Major Field Test for Business

•      Assessment Committee oversees all assessment activities

•      Assessment results were reviewed by all faculty in regular faculty meetings

•      Assessment process was reviewed in Fall 2010 by the accreditation maintenance team from AACSB (Association for Advancement of Collegiate Schools of Business)

•      Other activities include periodic surveys of students and graduates

2009-2010

The School of Business has developed a set of program goals and learning outcomes and collects assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2009-2010, the School continues assessment of general education skills. In the undergraduate program, we focused on the assessment of reading and writing outcomes and used course-embedded assessment techniques to gather data on the achievement of these outcomes in core undergraduate courses. The faculty developed assessment forms and used benchmarks to evaluate individual student performance and establish whether the student learning in an outcome is Exemplary, Satisfactory, or Unsatisfactory.

The School also uses the ETS Major Field Test in Business to measure the knowledge and skills of graduates. The results of this national standardized ETS test taken by the graduates provide external validation to our course-embedded assessment data. Overall, the School’s graduates performed strongly on this national test in 2009-2010. There were 44 graduates taking the test in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010, and the mean performance for the cohort was at the 75th percentile compared to all institutions participating in the ETS testing internationally. This sample includes 618 institutions and 132,647 students in 2006-2009.

The School worked to improve placement skills of students, and established mock interviews and resume critique as part of a required course. A survey was taken by all students participating in this course in Fall 2009 and Spring 2010. The results of the survey are used to evaluate the effectiveness of career and placement training.

The following are assessment highlights:

• Mission, Program Goals and Learning Outcomes are established and reviewed

• Course-embedded assessment data is collected every school year

• External standardized testing with the ETS Major Field Test for Business

• Assessment Committee oversees all assessment activities

• Assessment results reviewed by all faculty in regular faculty meetings

• Coverage of learning outcomes verified by periodic syllabi checks

• Other activities include periodic surveys of students and graduates

2007-2008

Summary of Assessment Report for 2007-2008 available at this link
Full Assessment Report for 2007-2008 available at this link

2006-2007

The School of Business established a set of program goals and outcomes and collects assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2006-2007, we assessed outcomes related to knowledge and skills in areas of business. We used course-embedded assessment techniques to gather data on forty-five outcomes in sixteen undergraduate courses. We are happy to report 100-percent participation of resident faculty in course-embedded assessment.

We collected assessment data in both Fall 2006 and the Spring 2007 semesters. The faculty used benchmarks to evaluate the data, and establish whether the student learning in an outcome is Excellent, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement. Overall, the performance of students in most outcomes is Satisfactory. Eight outcomes were seen as Excellent in Fall 2006, and eight outcomes were Excellent again in Spring 2007. Three outcomes were identified as needing improvement in Fall 2006, four outcome needed improvement in Spring 2007. For the outcomes that needed improvement, the faculty developed changes in course structure aimed at improving student achievement.

The School also used the ETS Major Field Test in Business to measure the knowledge and skills of all graduates in Fall 2006 and Spring 2007. The results of the standardized ETS test taken by the graduates provide external validation to our course-embedded assessment data. The School’s graduates performed very strongly on this national test. In particular, in Spring 2007, the average score of IU Kokomo students was in the 90 th percentile of all institutions participating in the ETS testing nationally according to ETS (which sample includes 181 institutions and 8,986 students in 2006-07). ETS test results are further linked to the program outcomes assessed. Both course-embedded data and the ETS results demonstrate consistently high performance on most student learning outcomes.

Full Assessment Report for 2006-2007 available at this link

2005-2006

The School of Business established a set of program goals and outcomes and collects assessment data to measure student achievement of these outcomes. In 2005-2006, we assessed outcomes related to knowledge and skills in areas of business. We used course-embedded assessment techniques to gather data on forty-seven outcomes in sixteen undergraduate courses. We are happy to report 100-percent participation of resident faculty in course-embedded assessment.

We collected assessment data in the Fall 2005 and the Spring 2006 semesters. The faculty used benchmarks to evaluate the data, and establish whether the student learning in an outcome is Excellent, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement. Overall, the performance of students in most outcomes is Satisfactory. Seven outcomes were seen as Excellent in Fall 2005, and seven outcomes were Excellent again in Spring 2006. Four outcomes were identified as needing improvement in Fall 2005, one outcome was still needing improvement in Spring 2006. For the outcomes that needed improvement, the faculty developed changes in course structure aimed at improving student achievement.

The School also used the ETS Major Field Test in Business to measure the knowledge and skills of all graduates in Fall 2005 and Spring 2006. The results of the standardized ETS test taken by the graduates provide external validation to our course-embedded assessment data. The School’s graduates performed very strongly on this national test. In particular, the average score of IU Kokomo students was in the 95 th percentile in Fall 2005 and the 85 th percentile in Spring 2006 compared to all institutions participating in the ETS testing nationally. This sample includes 553 institutions and 143,349 students between 2003 and 2006.

Full Assessment Report for 2005-2006 available at this link